By Tim Causer, on 3 October 2014
Welcome along to the progress update for the period 26 September to 3 October 2014, during which time further terrific progress has been made by Transcribe Bentham volunteers, who achieved another landmark: the 10,000th transcript was this week locked!
Volunteers have now transcribed or partially transcribed 10,979 manuscripts, which is an increase of 89 on this time last week. Of these transcripts, 10,046 (91%) have been approved by TB staff after checking. This is another tremendous achievement by transcribers.
The more detailed state of progress is as follows:
|Box||No. of manuscripts worked on||No. of manuscripts in box||Completion|
|Add MSS 537||692||744||93%|
|Add MSS 538||535||858||62%|
|Add MSS 539||505||948||53%|
|Add MSS 541||207||1258||16%|
Earlier this week, ‘”Many hands make light work, many hands together make merry work”: Transcribe Bentham and crowdsourcing manuscript collections’ by Tim Causer and Melissa Terras was published in Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage, edited by Mia Ridge. The book features eight case studies of crowdsourcing projects and four theoretical essays and, we think, will become a standard work for those interested in crowdsourcing, or who want to launch their own such project.
Our contribution is our latest discussion of TB, and provides a history of the project, the contributions of volunteers, the work of the tranScriptorium project, quality control, and the impact of the project. Thanks to Ashgate, the book’s publishers, the chapter can be downloaded for free from UCL Discovery. Since the chapter was written, of course, the rate of transcription has increased dramatically – but that’s for our next publication…
Thank you, as always, to everyone who has given their time and effort to TB during the last seven days – it remains as greatly appreciated as always.